New America in the News: 2014

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

Verizon Donated $100 Million to Schools. That’s Just 7.5 Hours of Revenue | The Washington Post

February 7, 2014

"[The private-sector contributions] focus on a lot of exciting things — like devices, and helping teachers with broadband connectivity," said Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. "But it's not going toward the E-Rate infrastructure itself, and that's one of the critical pieces."

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Jihadist Return Is Said To Drive Attacks In Egypt | New York Times

February 5, 2014

“Egypt is again an open front for jihad,” said Brian Fishman, a researcher in counterterrorism at the New America Foundation in Washington. “The world is being turned on its head, and, for the United States, the ability to rely on Egypt as a ...

Internet companies reveal government FISA data requests | Government Security News

February 5, 2014

The new numbers are “more than what we've seen before about the orders issued by the secretive FISA court,” Kevin Bankston, policy director at the Washington-based Open Technology Institute, told Government Security News. “But what these reports reveal is far less than what we need for adequate accountability from the government.

Why the FCC Pays for Landlines But Not Broadband Internet | Marketplace

February 4, 2014

"That would be really useful information," says Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst with the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

Kehl says the FCC doesn't get information from broadband providers about the rates schools pay and the bandwidth they get. For a simple reason: "They don’t actually ask the telecom providers for that precise information," she says.

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Myra Won't Close The Nest Egg Gap. Maybe The States Can | Reuters

February 4, 2014

Bold ideas like that have small odds of moving forward in gridlocked Washington, but they need to be part of the debate, noted Michael Lind, co-founder of the New America Foundation and another speaker at the NASI conference. That's "not just because ...

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When Having It All Means Having It Later | The Dish

February 4, 2014

Liza Mundy sees the late-in-life rise of Janet Yellen as evidence that “women’s careers have a different trajectory than men’s do – and that women may be defining a new career trajectory for everybody”.

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Here’s Obama’s Plan to Give Teachers and Libraries $1 Billion a Year in Extra Funding | The Washington Post

February 4, 2014

"While a bigger broadband pipe costs more overall, the price per megabit of capacity goes down (meaning that with more students, schools would get more 'bang for the buck' in terms of bandwidth)," wrote New America Foundation scholars Danielle Kehl and Lindsey Tepe in a blog post. For small rural districts, schools with enrollment shortfalls, and districts that have opted for smaller class sizes, this funding structure could prove challenging and ultimately increase inequities by making it more difficult for smaller schools to pay for adequate connectivity."

One On One: Eric Schmidt On Today's Savvy Media Generation | The Huffington Post

February 3, 2014

Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, discusses the mobile revolution as part of The WorldPost's new series, One On One, which gives voice to prominent figures speaking on pressing global issues.

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Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo Release US Surveillance Requests | The Guardian

February 3, 2014

Kevin Bankston, the policy director for the Open Technology Institute in Washington, said the amount of information the companies were able to detail about their roles in US surveillance was “far less than what we need for adequate accountability from the government”.

Al Qaeda 'Disowns' Affiliate, Blaming It For Disaster In Syria | CNN

February 3, 2014

According to Brian Fishman of the New America Foundation, "The ISIL is also bringing in much larger numbers of foreign fighters, including approximately 900 Europeans, many of whom are learning to use sophisticated weapons and small unit tactics.".

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Internet Service Providers Pay More To Travel In The Express Lanes | Economic Times

February 3, 2014

Tim Wu, who coined the term "net neutrality," said he worried that the telecommunications companies were too big and too powerful to lose this battle. "The FCC is afraid of the companies they regulate. They are capable of being intimidated by them ...

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Al-Qaeda Disavows Any Ties With Radical Islamist Isis Group In Syria, Iraq | The Washington Post

February 3, 2014

Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism research fellow with the New America Foundation in Washington who has written extensively on al-Qaeda and its affiliates, said that Zawahiri's action reflects an internal debate that dates back to the founding of al ...

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US Tech Titans Reveal New Data About NSA Snooping | TIME

February 3, 2014

Kevin Bankston, the Policy Director of New America’s Open Technology Institute, urged even greater transparency, with more granular disclosures. “What these reports reveal is far less than what we need for adequate accountability from the government,” Bankston said in an email to TIME.

No Peace In Afghanistan Without Tribal Participation | The Nation

February 2, 2014

In 2012, Peter Bergen, CNN's National Security Analyst, wrote: "The tribal fighters of the Awakening movement ended up on the American payroll in the 'Sons of Iraq' program, which by the spring of 2009 had grown to around 100,000 men. Many of those men ...

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Hackathon For Cuba Draws Online Activists To Miami | Al Jazeera America

February 1, 2014

"One main challenge is that the Cuban government seems deeply ambivalent about the Internet," said Emily Parker, a former State Department policy adviser and author of the upcoming book, "Now I Know Who My Comrades Are," a portrait of Internet ...

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'Five Days At Memorial', By Sheri Fink | Financial Times

January 31, 2014

September 11 2001 is remembered as a time when Americans faced a harrowing attack in their streets with grit and resolve. Four years later, televised reports from another calamity offered up a very different America: a superpower unable to cope with a ...

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NC AT&T Exec Praises FCC Decision Backing Web Technology Tests for Phone Sevice | Tech Wire

January 31, 2014

Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel for the Open Technology Institute at New America in Washington D.C., said the lobbying group supports the FCC decision. However, she also said other changes are needed.

NCLB Waivers Spawn Confusion About Worst Schools | The Heartland Institute

January 30, 2014

“The untold story of waivers is that with little warning, hundreds of so-called ‘failing’ schools suddenly weren’t ‘failing’ anymore,” said Anne Hyslop, the report’s author and a policy analyst for the New America Foundation.

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Will Work In Beer | Inside Higher Ed

January 30, 2014

Mary Alice McCarthy is a senior policy analyst at the New America Foundation who previously worked at the U.S. Department of Education and served as a liaison to the Labor Department. She said the North Carolina colleges did an impressive amount of ...

NSA Appoints Privacy Advocate | U.S. News & World Report

January 29, 2014

The move is a positive step to address public concerns about the NSA's surveillance programs, but action from Congress is also needed, says Kevin Bankston, policy director with the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

"The entire concept of separation of powers that is the basis for our form of government rests on the recognition that internal checks and self-regulation are not enough to avoid abuses of power," Bankston says.

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